Saturday, September 16, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 68 Clouds Giving Way To Some Sun High 93) 

After a week in Chip and Joanna Gaines country, aka Waco Texas, we departed yesterday for our winter location of Kerrville Texas. We are staying at the Kerrville-Schreiner RV Park.


It was approximately 200 miles, a long day for us anymore. This is the route we took.



We have our initial appointments with our doctors next week, who knows where that will lead.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 15, 2017

REVIEW OF MIDWAY PARK RV PARK ON LAKE WACO NEAR WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 69 Mostly Sunny and Breezy Currently 68)
Heading to Kerrville TX (Currently 71 Mostly Sunny and Very Warm High 92) 

We have found a really nice park in Waco Texas, Midway Park RV Park on Lake Waco. It is a Corps of Engineers park with 50amp full hookups. Both of our GPS devices brought us right to the park. We reserved and paid in advance so check-in at the kiosk was easy. The roads and site are gravel and big rig friendly. There is a lot of room between sites, which we like. We had a pull-thru and it was long enough for both vehicles. Hookups were fairly convenient. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Verizon 4g and cellphone signal strength was pretty good. There was no free park wifi. The best part of the park though had to be the price. Since it is a COE park our National Parks Senior Pass got us 50% off making the week less than $100.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right, we were at the end of a row.


To the left.


From the rear.


Further from the rear showing the spacing between sites.


We would not hesitate to stay here again as we didn't realize how big Waco was with lots of things to see and do, plus you can't beat the price. We just want to visit when it isn't so dang hot. We don't have any local restaurants to report on for this trip.

We leave today for Kerrville Texas where will be spending the winter.

We'll leave you with one of our beautiful sunsets we had while in Waco over Lake Waco. We will be blogging about these sunsets in the future.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DR. PEPPER MUSEUM IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 67 Mostly Sunny and Hot High 97) 

While in Waco Texas we were also able to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, located in an abandoned pop plant


If we asked this question, which major soft drink brand (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.) is the oldest? How many would have guessed Dr. Pepper before the obvious blogging plug here?

Dr. Pepper: December 1, 1885 in Waco Texas
Coca-Cola: May 8, 1886
Pepsi: August 28, 1898

All three brands started out as a fountain drink. In Waco Dr. Alderton mixed flavors and flavors until he arrived at the 23 flavors that became Dr. Pepper. Here is a neat animatronic with Dr. Alderton explaining the invention.


Here is the soda fountain where Dr. Pepper was invented, originally just called a 'Waco'.


Dr. Alderton worked at 'The Old Corner Drug Store' owned by Wade Morrison who decided to call the 'Waco' a Dr. Pepper. There were old signs in the museum.



Old vending machines,



including this one from the movie "Thor".


We both like Diet Dr. Pepper and remember at one time it was the best tasting diet pop around, by that we mean it tasted the most like it sugary version. We got the most laughs in the theater that was playing Dr. Pepper commercials. Our like of Diet Dr. Pepper made this a place to visit for us. Maybe it will be for you too.

Here are some other photos from our visit





Don't miss a trip across the courtyard to the gift shop for more exhibits and a soda fountain where you can get a Dr. Pepper fixed like it would have been all those years ago. It was really good.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REPORT ON OUR VISIT TO 'MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS' IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 61 Mostly Sunny High 95) 

We visited 'Magnolia Market at The Silos' yesterday and oh what a difference a day or a few hours makes. 


The recommended times are early or late and since it was going to be in the 90s late we opted for early and arrived at 9a. Since the bakery was so busy yesterday Bob dropped Jo off and then went to park.


Parking tip: Bob parked in the free parking lot behind Crossfit on 8th and it was great. The Baptist Church was charging $10 to park in their lot and others were charging also, you can bypass those and get ample free parking nearby. We were right by the food trucks which open up at 11a.



Parlaying their successful TV show 'Fixer Uppers' into a retail bonanza 'Magnolia Market and Gardens at The Silos' turned a down trodden area into a destination, probably the most visited tourist place in Waco. If you watch the TV show this has Joanna written all over it with stuff that she has used, or could use, in decorating the houses.




Joanna got all that and Chip just got a corner.







In addition to decorating items they have their own line of clothing (hats and t-shirts) with their logo or #SHIPLAP or #DEMODAY. They have a great outdoor area and plenty of seating if you want to eat your bakery goods there, we took ours home.




Magnolia Seed and Feed.




The bakery was real good and we may go back again as the stuff we bought didn't last long 😃


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1ST ATTEMPT AT VISITING "MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS" IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 58 Mostly Sunny High 91) 

We made our first attempt to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos yesterday and it wasn't successful. We had slept in and got a later than recommended start and there is a reason for the recommendation. As we approached The Silos we saw a lot of people and cars.


We drove around and saw no street parking and a number of paid parking lots and a line of people at the bakery. We read that there sometimes is a 30 minute wait in line for the bakery.



Since we are not big fans of crowds we punted and did some of the other things we had planned for the week like pedicures and shopping at an HEB grocery store. We did have lunch at an In-n-Out, surprised to see one this far east. It was as good as we remembered and we know why the burgers are some of our favorites.


We researched the parking and hours and visited The Silos earlier today than we tried yesterday and will report on that tomorrow.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, September 10, 2017

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!!

Currently in Waco TX (Low 58 Pleasant with Plenty of Sun High 88) 

We cannot believe that it has been 8 years today that we first laid our heads on our pillows in our new home in this living full-time in an RV. The first night was in Peculiar Missouri and since then on our anniversary we have been in:

Peculiar Missouri
Custer South Dakota 
Altoona Iowa
Overland Park Kansas
Buffalo Wyoming
Goodyear Arizona
Peculiar Missouri
Waco Texas

This is our states visited map to date.



Here is a map showing all our travels.





We don't know how much longer we will be living full-time and traveling this great country but we know we have enjoyed the first 8 years, even with all the ups and downs.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 9, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 56 Pleasant with Plenty of Sun High 88) 

With the shades tuned up by MCD we departed yesterday and headed to Waco Texas, the home of the stars of "The Fixer Uppers", Chip and Joanna Gaines. We plan to visit their Magnolia Market at the Silos


where they have setup shops for home decor, garden, and lifestyle. They also have a gift shop and a bakery. Plus the area is serviced by food trucks so this could turn into an all day, or multiple day trip.

It was approximately 140 miles, this is the route we took.



We will be here a week and then head to Kerrville Texas for doctor's appointments and for the winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 8, 2017

REVIEW OF MCD (SHADES AND CAMPING)

Currently in McKinney TX (Low 55 Sunny Currently 60)
Heading to Waco TX (Currently 57 Sunny, Pleasant, Low Humidity High 86) 

From the 'you had one job' files, the rear shade on our Lifestyle is 2" less width than if MCD measured and installed it. Plus there were some brackets that need correcting and a couple of the shades needed springs. The tech removed all the shades and took them to his shop to make sure they were all operating correctly. First thing we noticed that when he removed the shades was how dirty the windows were. So Jo cleaned the inside while Bob cleaned the outside. Here is the view out our back window after we finished cleaning the windows.


Here is the Lifestyle at MCD with all the other coaches getting work done this week, a small number due to the shortened holiday week and one motorhome already left since MCD couldn't add the front window shade.


Here is the Lifestyle up close.


All in all it was about a couple hours and a couple springs to complete the work, which was money well spent. All the shades are working great and aligned to minimize the peeping into our coach since almost all the shades were cut short width wise.

MCD did the best they could with the poor job that Lifestyle did when measuring and installing their shades. They were able to fix the troublesome ones and we are glad to get that work done. We were here only 4 nights so had no trouble with the black/grey tank capacities.

We leave today for Waco Texas. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 7, 2017

THE STORY OF MCD INNOVATIONS

Currently in McKinney TX (Low 55 Sunny, Pleasant, Low Humidity High 83) 

The origins of Motor Coach Design, now MCD Innovations. The owners retired and bought a Monaco motorhome and hit the road. They immediately realized that there had to be something better than the cloth accordion day/night shades available at the time. Thinking they could do better they came off of the road and started Motor Coach Design in the early 2000s. Here is the office in from their 3rd location that they moved into in 2010.


Here is the loading dock side of the factory and where the RVs park.


The nice thing is that you can park right next to the factory and stay hooked up to the 50amp electrical provided. They tell you to come with freshwater tank full and black/grey tanks empty. A tech comes and measure then goes off and builds your shades. When finished they come back and install them. Here is the Cameo when we had custom shades for all the coach installed in 2013.


MCD started out catering to the RV industry and has branched out to commercial clients like Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, On the Border and many others. If you would like shades it would be best to call the office and get on the schedule as the limited number of sites are consistently full during the peak times of the year.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO MCKINNEY TEXAS

Currently in McKinney TX (Low 72 Humid with Clouds and Sun High 89) 

After a very brief stay in Texarkana Texas we departed yesterday to McKinney Texas. We are getting a tune up on our MCD shades at MCD Innovations.


We added custom MCD shades to our Cameo so was very pleased when they came with the Lifestyle. You can add the shades to the very long list of things that Lifestyle did poorly including terrible measurements and installation. We have a couple shades that need some work or replacement.

It was approximately 150 miles, this was the route we took.



We will be here until Friday morning or longer if need be. Then we are heading off to the land of Chip and JoJo Gaines.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, September 4, 2017

REVIEW OF SHADY PINES RV PARK IN TEXARKANA TEXAS

Currently in Texarkana TX (Low 70 Partly Sunny and Humid Currently 75)
Heading to McKinney TX (Currently 72 Partly Sunny and Humid High 93) 

This park got some bad reviews and although the pictures looked pretty good we were curious how this park would be. Turns out that you can't trust some of the reviews because this park is really nice. Our GPS devices liked the park too as they both brought us right to the entrance. The roads and sites are concrete as is the patio with picnic table. The pull-thru sites are long and we easily had enough room for coach and truck. The hookups were convenient. Although the Verizon cellphone and 4g signals were pretty good we used the free park wifi most of the time we were here. Bob even streamed the Iowa State Cyclone versus University of Northern Iowa Panthers college football game without any pixelations or freezing. It tested out at about 5mb/sec which for free park wifi is pretty darn good.

The trees were not abundant and fairly short so we had no problem getting a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


The park also has a pond and of course that attracts geese.



Neat park that we would probably stay at again. We leave today for McKinney Texas so we will be there bright and early Tuesday morning when MCD comes and knocks on the door.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, September 3, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO TEXARKANA TEXAS

Currently in Texarkana TX (Low 70 A Thunderstorm in Spots High 86)

After waiting out Tropical Storm Harvey in North Little Rock Arkansas we departed yesterday for Texarkana Texas. It was great to be welcomed back to our home state.


We are staying at Shady Pines RV.


It was approximately 150 miles, this was the route we took.



We will only be here a couple of nights as we continue our journey to Kerrville Texas for doctors appointments and then the winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo








































.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

REVIEW OF DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE RV PARK IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS

Currently in North Little Rock AR (Low 62 Light Fog Currently 64)
Heading to Texarkana TX (Currently 67 Sunny to Partly Sunny High 87)

Our GPS devices agreed on the route and brought us right to the area. Although once you get through the narrow concrete gate it is a little confusing where the park entrance is the first time. Checkin was easy and friendly. The park roads are asphalt and the sites are concrete which we appreciated during the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey we got while here.

This park also does site layouts for the pull-thru sites like we wish more parks did, especially when they have a water feature like river or lake. The pull-thru sites are bi-directional, by that we mean that both a fifth wheel (rear window viewing) and a motor home (front window viewing) can use the same spot. For our pull-thru we pulled in from one side with our back window to the Arkansas River. Here is a view out our back window.


A motor home would pull in the opposite side of the pull-thru. Some of the sites along the river as shown in the above picture are backin which works great for a fifth wheel and some are pull in which works great for a motorhome. Once in the concrete level sites hookups were very convenient since there were a lot of them. The sites were a little closer together than we would like but doable. The park had free wifi which was good for free park wifi. The Verizon cellphone and 4g signals were strong in this area. The park is Passport America for 3 nights a month but only in the backin sites.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


Although it is basically a glorified parking lot with hookups we would stay here again hopefully in better weather and utilize one of the riverfront backin sites which you can use Passport America for 3 nights a month. There is a lot to see in the area which the weather put a damper on for this trip. Oh well, always have to leave something for the next time. 

Bob's cousin Anita saw that we were in the area and we were able to see her and her partner last night for a great night of conversation and good food. Bob and Anita got to talking and realized it was probably 25 years or so since they had seen each other. We ate at the Diamond Bear Alehouse which for the beer drinkers has really good beer and root beer for the nondrinkers. For the foodies it also has really good food. We came back to the park and had strawberry rhubarb pie that we bought frozen in Pagosa Springs Colorado. We topped it off with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla. A great time had by all.

We'll leave you with a photo of the Rock Island Lift Bridge all lit up.



We depart today for Texarkana TX.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo